The Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) on Wednesday said that it has entered the enforcement and compliance phase of its operations.
Speaking in a press briefing at the Council’s headquarters in Lagos, the Registrar of CRFFN, Barr. Samuel Nwakohu observed that there will be no hiding place for illegal practitioners this time around as the Council was poised to enforce its laws to the later.
Nwakohu said that the Council would e publishing list of defaulters from time to time with appropriate followed up actions.
He said, “We are glad to inform you that following a successful integration with terminal operators in the Western ports, enforcement of Practitioners’ Operating Fee (POF) collection has now commenced. The POF which is derived from the provisions of Section 6 of the CRFFN Act is a major source of our internally generated revenue, first, for the government and second, to drive the necessary reforms and develop the industry.
“Anybody or organization that fails to pay the POF contravenes the law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
He further disclosed that integration with terminal operators in the Eastern ports was ongoing adding that the Council would communicate the public accordingly with respect to enforcement of same in the eastern ports.
He therefore advised the port users to verify the authenticity of the freight forwarder they wish to engage on the CRFFN website; www.crffn.gov.ng for assistance adding that this was to ensure that they are dealing with a registered freight forwarder.
He however appreciated the body of shippers and freight forwarders who according to him operate under very difficult conditions to keep Nigeria moving noting that the Council would do her best to provide the enabling environment for the freight forwarding industry.
“As a regulatory agency, we are committed to promoting a conducive environment for your business”, he stated.
Photo: CRFFN Registrar, Barr. Samuel Nwakohu.
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